Center for Cartoon Studies

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Zilly photo bombed all of us. Photo by Abe Olson.

I finally got to visit the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. It seemed as if it took forever to get there from California, but the miles were well spent. Sharing my personal path with others who are just starting there’s. I’ve never really given a talk where I chart my personal path to discovering Jane’s World. Mine was a journey of lucky breaks and chance encounters. I credit my first big break with meeting Dave Graue, who at the time was writing and drawing Alley Oop. Dave was the first professional cartoonist I’d ever met. He introduced me to all the tools of the trade and I still have the beat up T-square he gave me in 1978 hanging in my office in the Schulz studio. It was great to be with other cartoonists and share the pure joy of writing and drawing comics. Special thanks to Nancy and Carl from the Will Eisner Foundation for hosting the event.

Photos by Evelyn Braddock

GoComics Jane’s World reboot!

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New Jane’s World comic are appearing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the newly redesigned GoComics site!

For those of you who read the Jane’s World prose novel that came out in June of 2016 (came out… pun intended), you may notice some similarities in the current story line running on GoComics. Yes, Jane did accidentally purchase a mail order bride in the novel, but in the comics form of this narrative, things won’t happen exactly the same way. Some of you might wonder why. Well, because stories don’t translate exactly the same way in different mediums. It just doesn’t work… and anyway, certain changes (and embellishments ) will be funnier for the comic.

Cheers and happy belated 2017!

 

Jane’s World, Now More Than Ever

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“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is not time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” — Toni Morrison

My wife, Evelyn shared this quote from Toni Morrison earlier on Facebook and it echoed what I’ve been feeling for the past week.

With everything that’s been going on I’m now more motivated than ever to create new Jane’s World comics. New stories begin in December, which I had planned anyway, before the election. But given the current discourse in our country I think it’s important for Jane’s World to have a daily presence. I probably will not touch on actual politics in any of the new stories, but Jane will instead, hopefully, offer a safe space… a respite from the angry noise that currently surrounds all of us. Be strong, friends. Now is the time to be kind to one another.

A New Project

New Jane’s World comics are in the works. They will begin to appear online January 1st (maybe even in December). I’ll post updates as the time draws near.

In the meantime… I’m working on a new graphic novel project. It’s a graphic memoir. I don’t want to share too much at this point, but I like the way the story is shaping up. More to come! Here’s a thumbnail sketch of page 13…

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Comic Con 2016!

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Hello, fellow comic fans. In addition to a few signings, I’ll be on two panels during Comic Con. I hope to see you there or bump into you somewhere in the craziness and comics mayhem that has become San Diego Comic Con:

Friday, July 22
10:00-11:00 Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media—Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, and Lumberjanes, LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines resonate with young audiences. Join moderator Dylan Edwards (Valley of the Silk Sky) as Dylan leads a discussion with Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Backstagers), Paige Braddock (Stinky Cecil, Peanuts, Jane’s World), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), and Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time, Love Machines) about how we can better include healthy representation and how to make it standard practice. Room: 4

Saturday, July 23
1:00 – 2:00 Teaching STEM with Comics

Paige Braddock (Stinky Cecil, Creative Director Schulz Studio), Jim McClain (Solution Squad), Betsy Gomez(CBLDF), Jen Aprahamian (CTO of VINA), Mairghread Scott (Writer, Transformers: Till All Are One, Guardians of the Galaxy), Rebecca Thompson, PhD (Head of Public Outreach, American Physical Society), and moderator Tracy Edmunds, M.A.Ed. (Graphic Novels are Elementary!) Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Public Library

Sunday, July 24th

Signing the Peanuts “Tribute to Charles M Schulz” book at BOOM booth